You’d be forgiven for thinking that we humans do nothing but talk about se x.
But even when us amorous apes actually stop doing the jaw-jaw and get down to business, there’s still one question haunting our horny brains: just how long should our romps last?
If you’re Sting or Puff Daddy, you’d probably say se x should go on for at least the length of a bank holiday weekend.
Whilst if you’re an inexperienced spotty teenager, you’ll probably be delighted if the time taken to complete a dirty deed matches the duration of an average Ariana Grande tune.
Now science has weighed in (again) to tell the world exactly how much time they should be spending in the act of physical love: 5.4 minutes.
“If you’re a non-scientist, you might have once asked yourself, propped against the bedhead after disappointingly quick intercourse, how long does sex ‘normally’ last?” Dr Brendan
Zietsch from the University of Queensland wrote in The Conversation .
“A scientist, though, would phrase the same question in an almost comically obscure way:
What is the mean intrava ginal ejacul ation latency time?
“I know there’s a lot more to se x than putting the penis into the vag ina and eja culating, but the rest is not always easy to define (kissing? rubbing? grinding?).
Dr Brendan Zietsch recounted a study in which 500 couples were armed with a stopwatch and asked to press the button (of the clock) when the unspeakable act begun and then tap it again when the man experiences his magical moment.
“That is as practically awkward as it sounds: participants pressed ‘start’ at penile penetration and ‘stop’ at ejaculation,” he added.
“You may note this could affect the mood somewhat, and might perhaps not exactly reflect the natural flow of things.
“But science is rarely perfect, and this is the best we’ve got.”
This study found that se xy time lasts anywhere between 33 seconds and 44 minutes, with the median time coming in at 5.4 minutes.
Interestingly, the research also explores “conventional wisdom regarding penile sensitivity and its relationship to staying power in the sack”.
Older men weren’t able to last longer than young ones, while wearing a con dom or being circumcised didn’t boost chaps’ performance either.
“Another surprising finding was that the older the couple, the shorter the se x, contrary to the prevailing wisdom (probably peddled by older men),” Zietsch continued.
– Mirror Online